PAST EVENTS

October 7 Breakfast Briefing - The Legislative Agenda in Harrisburg: where’s the REAL focus?

The PA legislative agenda - controlled by certain Republicans - was just released and here’s what’s on it:

 

--Masks

--Vaccines

--Voting integrity

 

One thing these topics have in common -- building a base for the 2022 election and making the issues about individual rights rather than addressing the issues that matter most!

 

On October 7, 2021 Represent PA was joined by Donna Cooper, Executive Director of Children First as well as State Rep. Mary Isaacson, HD-175 (Philadelphia). They shared their ideas about this upcoming agenda, what legislation and support they’d like to see from Harrisburg and their ideas for how the state legislature should be focusing its energy and efforts.

September 15 Breakfast Briefing - How to talk about Critical Race Theory

On September 15, 2021 Represent PA hosted a discussion with special guest State Rep. Donna Bullock, HD-195 (Philadelphia), to teach our voters, donors and supporters how to talk about important issues - in this case, critical race theory: Why you shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it and how to talk to your friends to make sure they are on the right side of history.

 

Donna explains the Republican-sponsored bill, H.B. 1532, to prohibit the teaching of CRT, and how it’s being twisted by those who seem not to understand it or who want to push a false narrative to further their agenda. Listen in to get a better understanding of CRT, and how it’s been turned into a distraction from the true problems plaguing our Pennsylvania public schools.

August 31 Breakfast Briefing - Hitting the trails again: Hear from two 2020 candidates

On August 31, 2021 Represent PA facilitated a discussion with Deb Ciamacca and Lissa Geiger Shulman, two of Represent PA’s previously endorsed candidates from 2020, as they discussed the 2020 races and how they are planning for upcoming challenges in 2022 as they prepare to hit the trails again.

 

Ciamacca and Shulman are both gearing up for the next election cycle (barring any redistricting changes). Tune in and learn more about the races they face as they look ahead to 2022, as well as a chance to hear from the candidates about what they learned from running in 2020.

August 23 Breakfast Briefing - Our state legislature is failing us

Represent PA's Executive Team discussed several major issues facing Pennsylvanians today.

In all major measures, Pennsylvania received failing grades in the quality of the environment, education, healthcare, gun safety and so many others. Tune in to hear the Represent PA Executive Team talk about these measures and what is at stake in the 2022 elections.

July 23 Breakfast Briefing - The fight to save reproductive freedom

Listen in to hear from co-authors Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay of a new book called Controlling Women: What we must do now to save reproductive freedom.

Listen in to learn more about the fight to save reproductive freedom.

July 8 Breakfast Briefing - The environment and environmental justice

On July 8, 2021 Represent PA was joined by Senators Carolyn Committa and Amanda Cappelletti for a discussion about the environment and environmental justice. They delivered a tutorial on current environmental issues, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and why Pennsylvania needs to be involved.

 

Listen in to learn more about important environmental issues affecting everyone.

June 3 Breakfast Briefing - Hear from the new head of the PA HDCC

Tune in for an opportunity to hear from State Rep. Leanne Kruger, chair of the House Democratic Campaign Committee, and newly hired Trevor Southerland, the new Executive Director of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Campaign Committee. Trevor was previously the Executive Director of the Virginia House Democratic Caucus during the 2019 campaign, when Democrats took a majority in Virginia for the first time in 20 years, picking up 6 seats.

May 6 Breakfast Briefing - A conversation with Congresswoman Dean (PA-04)

Represent PA hosted Congresswoman Madeleine Dean to hear about the transition from working in the PA legislature to working in the US Congress, and how Pennsylvania's major issues are being addressed at the Federal level.

April 30 Breakfast Briefing - Water as a Political Issue

Represent PA was joined by Sen. Katie Muth (SD 44) and Rep. Danielle Friel-Otten (HD 155) to discuss how our precious water sources in Pennsylvania have become a battleground for politicians.

 

Tune in to hear how our legislators will will hold our corporations accountable and work to introduce bills to keep Pennsylvania healthy and beautiful for all.

April 12 Breakfast Briefing - Voting Rights and Voter Activism

Tune in to hear Rep. Davidson, the Minority Chair of the State Government Committee of the House, and Nancy Kleinberg, an activist in all things concerned with getting out the vote, discuss current laws and the Republican battle to roll back voter advances.

March 31 Breakfast Briefing - The State of Women's Health in PA

Tune in to hear a discussion hosted by Represent PA about women’s health in Pennsylvania and how we could improve it and make it more equitable.

 

This briefing features Dr. Ann Honebrink, OB-GYN with Penn Medicine, a member of the Philadelphia Maternal Mortality Review Committee and has been involved in advocacy for Women’s Health issues at the state and national level, alongside Rep. Morgan Cephas, HD192 (West Philadelphia), who currently leads the House Democratic Caucus' efforts on women's health.

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March 18 Breakfast Briefing - Economic Justice: Equal Pay for Women

Represent PA was joined by three powerhouse State Reps -- Donna Bullock (195), Jennifer O’Mara (165) and Melissa Shusterman (157) who want to ensure that all of us can earn a good living and live with dignity, no exceptions, even when corporations have historically paid women less than white men for the same work.

 

Hear these legislators discuss this new legislation, focused on prohibiting discriminatory gender-based pay, placing new penalties on employers using such discriminatory wage practices.

March 10 Breakfast Briefing - Judicial Elections 

There are Pennsylvania Judicial races in 2021. While Represent PA does not endorse in judicial races, we will continue to provide Civics Education for Pennsylvania Voters through our Breakfast Briefing Series. Hear from Judge Federica Messiah-Jackson, who formerly served on the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas and Deborah Gross who served on the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention and currently acts as an investigator for them to learn about the various levels of courts and the cases they discuss.

February 25 Breakfast Briefing - Progressive Policy  

Represent PA featured both Sen. Katie Muth and Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler to discuss democratic policy priorities for 2021-2022 and what’s at stake in PA if these priorities don’t get the attention they need. Sen. Muth is chair of the Policy Committee of the Democratic Caucus and Rep. Fiedler is head of the Progressive Caucus Policy Committee for the House. Both leaders are endorsees of Represent PA.

February 9 Breakfast Briefing - Disinformation  

Represent PA features Bridget Todd, Communication Director for UltraViolet to discuss disinformation campaigns targeting women candidates and electeds. She shares her insights about disinformation campaigns and potential strategies to counteract these hurtful campaigns, helping educate viewers about how to be activists.

January 14 Breakfast Briefing - How women fared in 2020  

During this Breakfast Briefing, Represent PA hosted Kelly Dittmar, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers-Camden and Director of Research at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) Scholar shares her insights and data about how women did in the 2020 elections.

January 8 Breakfast Briefing - Judicial District Gerrymandering  

Represent PA hosted a public education program about judicial districts with Carol Kuniholm, Chair of Fair Districts PA (FDPA) and Deborah Gross, President of Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts. Tune in to hear the discussion on how the judicial district amendment undermines constitutional checks and balances among our branches of state government and opens the door to a new, unprecedented version of gerrymandering.

December 17 Breakfast Briefing: Election Results 2020 

Represent PA hosted Gwen Camp, Election Security Consultant and former member of the Obama Administration, as she “raised the curtain” on some theories about what happened to our state races. She was joined by Reesa Kossoff, Executive Director, SEIU PA State Council, a veteran of major races in Pennsylvania and nationally, who is currently a state-wide leader in voting rights and turn out.

September 23 Breakfast Briefing-Election Security 

For this breakfast briefing, Represent PA was joined by Gwen Camp, voting rights activist and former member of the Obama Administration and State Rep. Wendy Ullman (HD 143, Bucks) to discuss what Harrisburg must do to provide secure elections across the state and how the legislature supports or doesn’t support fair and safe elections.

September 11 Breakfast Briefing-Gun Safety Laws in PA

During this breakfast Briefing, Christian Soltysiak, Managing Director of CeaseFire PA, and from State Rep. Donna Bullock HD 195 (Philadelphia)​ discuss gun violence, school shooter drills and why these issues aren’t being addressed in the state legislature. Tune in to hear personal accounts of how the lack of action in Harrisburg is affecting lives. 

August 28 Breakfast Briefing-LGBTQ+ Rights and Equality in PA

Tune into this Breakfast Briefing to hear from Anne Wakabayashi, Chair of the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs, Ciora Thomas, founder and President of SisTers PGH, and Jessica Benham, candidate for State Rep. in HD 36 (Allegheny County) discuss what PA needs to ensure equity for all members of the LGBTQ community, including laws and regulations. 

August 11 Breakfast Briefing-Abortion Access in PA

This briefing featured Elicia Gonzales, Executive Director of the Women’s Medical Fund, who spoke about access to abortion for all women in Pennsylvania. She was joined by PA State House Rep. Elizabeth Fiedler who talked about the debates on abortion legislation in the House, as well as what Pennsylvania abortion access could look like if we flipped the legislature in November.

July 31 Breakfast Briefing-Fracking in PA

At this Breakfast Briefing Represent PA was joined by Katie Blume, the Political Director for Conservation Voters of PA and Senator Katie Muth SD 44 to discuss how Pennsylvania fails its residents in terms of environmental protections and how the issue of fracking is addressed in the State Senate. Tune in to hear the lively conversation. 

July 16 Breakfast Briefing-Policing in PA

During this Breakfast Briefing, Represent PA was joined by State Rep. Joanna McClinton, who is the first African-American and the first woman elected as the House Democratic Caucus Chair for 2019-2020. Rep. McClinton spoke about how the PA legislature is addressing policing and how reform can take place.

July 15 Pocono Friendraiser

For this event, Executive Director of Represent PA, Chris Jacobs is joined by State Rep. Danielle Friel Otten HD 155 and Claudette Williams, candidate for HD 176 to discuss Represent PA's effect on Pennsylvania State Legislature and what difference it will make to be in the majority.

June 30 Breakfast Briefing-A discussion about Education in Pennsylvania

For our June 30 briefing Represent PA was joined by Donna Cooper of Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) as well as Senator Lindsey Williams, SD 38 and Michele Knoll, candidate for HD 44. 

Tune in to hear how education is disproportionately funded across the state of Pennsylvania and how the state legislature attempts to address inadequacy with new funding models.

June 24 Friendraiser

During this June 24 Friendraiser hosted by Teresa Rodgers, Executive Director Christine Jacobs is joined by Senator Maria Collett (SD Bucks) and Representative Morgan Cephas (HD Philadelphia) to discuss the partisanship the COVID-19 pandemic has caused and the current budget in the PA State Legislature.

June 9 Breakfast Briefing: Primary Election Results

For our June 9 Breakfast Briefing, we invited the leaders of the PA House Democratic Campaign Committee, Dena Gleason and the Senate Democratic Campaign Committee, Melanie Rose along with two newly endorsed candidates Tara Zrinski (HD 138, Northampton) and Joanna Bryn Smith (HD 120, Luzerne).

Listen in to hear how the presidential race will affect races down the ballot and what are the chances of flipping the PA Legislature - either the House or the Senate.

May 19 Breakfast Briefing:

Meet the Candidates

At our May 19 breakfast briefing we were joined by five of our newly endorsed candidates as well as up to 70 guests to hear about their unique backgrounds and how they plan on applying their practical knowledge to a position in office. 

The full recording of the briefing is available to hear the lively conversation. 

April 21 Breakfast Briefing - State Reach: A Numbers Game

April 21 was the kickoff to our Breakfast Briefing series where we offer opportunities to discuss a wide range of diverse topics and meet our endorsed candidates.

 

This breakfast briefing, the Executive Director of Represent PA was joined by the Executive Director of Turn PA Blue to discuss what districts are flippable and our statewide focus.   

April 2020 First Virtual Friendraiser

April 3rd was our first virtual friendraiser with over 50 participants, featuring guest speakers Rep. Jennifer O’Mara (HD 165, Delaware), Rep. Elizabeth Hanbidge (HD 61, Montgomery) and Rep. Mary Jo Daley (HD 148, Montgomery). 

 

During the call, our representatives and Executive Director, Christine Jacobs discussed state legislation begin put forth and how receptive the house is to change, what difference it would make to have a democratic majority and why Represent PA is important when it comes to running for office.